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A study carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce has revealed that employers display a lack of confidence in students who are leaving school and applying for jobs. The survey was carried out across 2,200 businesses which had less than 10 staff. Over half of these businesses were looking to recruit but felt inhibited by the perceived lack of suitable skills held by students in the job market.

Only 22 percent of the respondents said that they would be confident that a student who has left school with A levels or an equivalent standard would have the business skills they required. However, 47 percent admitted they would display caution when recruiting from that age range. The report revealed that only 36 percent of the businesses surveyed considered graduates to have the necessary skills for the vacancy.

Worryingly, only forty percent of businesses surveyed were confident in their knowledge of changes to employment legislation, while forty percent considered the legislation which surrounded the dismissal of an employee burdensome. The burden of red tape appears to be a problem, as 25 percent of the companies with less than five employees would be reducing the number of agency workers they used in the future, as a result of the Agency Workers Directive.

According to the BCC, micro businesses generate 20 percent of the turnover in the private sector and employ 20 percent of private sector workers, making them vital for the success of the UK economy. The director of policy for BCC, Adam Marshall has called for an improved system for the development of skills and less complex employment legislation.

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